Today, as we enter the 13th year of the 21st century, the nation of India is verymuch on the threshold of a quantum change. While, on one hand the nation isstill has age old problems of inadequate supply to our citizens of food, drinkingwater, clothing, housing, medical facilities and in turn a growing corruption; onthe other hand, the huge knowledge pool of scientists, software engineers andother technically talented persons have given India the possibility of being avery powerful nation on this God’s earth. It is imperative, that we bring forthpolitical changes and formulate bold national and international policies thatwill enable India to alleviate the problems of the majority of our people andpave the way to being a strong, independent and forceful nation.The issues facing the nation in this new century can be broadly categorized asfollows:1. Basic amenities for the People.2. Social discipline and crime.3. Government and institutional corruption.4. International policy.5. De-centralization of the government organizations.6. Immigration and illegal migrations.
The above areas of concern have to be addressed in the form of long termpolicies and with a strong will and desire to surmount the practical difficultiesin achieving the objectives; the prime objective being the transformation ofIndia into an independent, self- sustained economic global power.Basic Amenities for the People:The recent assembly polls in various States have shown; the issues that areaffecting the people (the electorate) are that of food, drinking water, educationand employment. The reality is that most of the rural areas and many urbanareas of India do not have the basic facilities that are required to bring about aneconomic revolution that will uplift the social conditions of the people. A realrequirement in India is that of 6-lane tarmac roads that connect cities to thesmallest of the towns. Roads are not only required, but are necessary for thesmooth transition of goods and services to each and every town in India,thereby allowing for a rise in the economic turnover . A well-built and properlymaintained road system will bring in the other infrastructure of powergeneration stations and industries, thereby leading to job opportunities andrising economic standards.Properly maintained road infrastructure will give rise to investments in boththe industrial and farming sector, help in the rapid movement of food, waterand medical facilities, upgrade the efficiency of the Public Distribution Systemand make the people aware of the interest of the government in their wellbeing. The project of building roads will also help the unemployed (especiallythose who are still illiterate) to get steady jobs, and allow their next generationaccess to educational facilities.Such an envisaged road network will allow for increased and equitabledistribution of raw materials and also increase market competition of consumergoods, thereby leading to reduced prices and improved product quality; a
quantitative increase in industrial production to feed the demand that will becreated by increased consumer spending; improved transportation of facilitiesand services to all areas, thereby increasing the levels of literacy through aneasier access to educational institutions and education material, as well asensuring faster deployment of police and troops in times of social and naturalcrisis.The investment in road building will also help in attracting foreign directinvestment into the country. Companies in foreign countries cite this lack ofinfrastructure as a major reason that prevents them from long-term investmentinto India. The cost of road building can be outsourced to FDI (similar to theGolden quadrangle project) as well as to private Indian construction companieson a BOOT basis, while the balance could be sourced out of governmentinvestments at state and district levels.Social Discipline and Crime:The issue of the lack of social discipline and the growing criminal tendenciescannot be ignored any longer. The growing criminal activity is a direct result ofsocio-economic-political factors and can be attributed to a succession of weakgovernments and an even weaker and inappropriate legal structure.Criminality is on the rise, simply because the mechanism of law and order andprosecution of crime is both inadequate and slow in its process.This problem can only be tackled by a complete overhaul of our legal systemand its mechanisms. While legal luminaries in India could give much betteradvice on the changes required in our legal system, the basic requirement ismaking the courts more people friendly and efficient. It is strongly believedthat a ‘jury’ system will not only ensure a fair trial for the accused, but will also
ease the strain that is put upon the judges as they singularly tackle an everincreasing work load.A social code of conduct is required on an immediate basis that not onlyprescribes the way that the individuals should conduct themselves in publicplaces, but would also emphasize the manner in which social groups have toconduct themselves as a whole. This code of conduct, strictly enforced, willdefinitely reduce the social crimes that afflict the majority of our people today.This will not, in any form or manner, impinge upon the individual’s right toprivacy, but will help in streamlining social interaction amongst the people.Social code of conduct would cover the areas of noise pollution, cleanliness inthe streets and in municipal wards, ease of removal of garbage, prohibit themisuse of public areas as open air urinals and latrines, prohibit the use of publicareas as spittoons, and allow for a smooth and easier use of public facilities likefootpaths and foot bridges. The removal of footpath vendors would be a primeconcern towards a better and safer use of footpaths, as would be the redesigningof the public facilities for use by handicapped persons.Most of the social issues in our nation today can be attributed to a weakmechanism for prosecution of crime. Criminality has been glorified as amedium of social change, but this in fact has proven (by recent events all overthe nation) to be precursor in organized crime involving all strata of society andthe bureaucracy. The perception amongst the general population is that muchof the criminal activity is unchallenged by the government; thereby reinforcingin the mind of both the people and the criminals, that the rule of the law isweak and impotent.Suggestions for improving the current situation are as follows:a) The immediate deployment of Bio-metric Citizens Identity Cards.
b) Upgrading of the police and law enforcement departments with modern machinery to track and investigate crime and persons associated with criminal activities.c) Sharing of information of criminals amongst city, state and central law enforcement agencies on a real time basis to ensure a free flow of information for prevention of crime.d) A stronger and affirmative legal structure that allows for a faster prosecution of criminals.e) A hard labor based punishment policy for criminals that allow the society to utilize the physical and mental talents of convicted criminals.f) The re-introduction of corporal punishment for those guilty of social crimes.g) A provision under law to appropriate and sell assets of economic and serious crime offenders, in order to confiscate illegal earning and return them to the government treasury, which in turn will self-finance the criminal prosecution efforts.h) The restoration of the death penalty for heinous crimes such as pre- meditated murder, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery and narcotics trafficking.It has been proved in societies around the globe and over periods of time that asuccessful and strong nation is always the result of the strength of character anddiscipline among its individual citizens.Government and institutional corruption:Recent disclosures in the media have made a huge impact on the people,regarding the growing corruption among the government officials and thebureaucracy and the connection of the bureaucracy (especially the police) toorganized crime. Middle class population is fast joining the disgruntled ranks of
the population that are now feeling anti government sentiments; and if theissues are not tackled on an urgent basis this resentment might well turn into aissue of civil rioting and physical attacks on government institutions; as can beseen by the fact that there are already attacks on offices of block developmentofficers and other unarmed civil service offices. The lack of a strong legalsystem, compounded with a lack of moral authority has given rise to organizedpolitical-criminal activities. Socio-economic-political issues have alreadycontributed to the ever-growing organizations like the Naxalites and the Maoistrebels that have taken to armed rebellion. The nation cannot afford a civilrebellion from its middle class, since that will invariably lead to a civil war.There are those who might think of this scenario as extreme and implausibleshould look at the various failed African and Balkan states that were once ashining example of democratic nations with a wealth of natural resources andhuman talents; yet today are in the grips of a protracted civil war.The rise of local and regional political parties has always been considered to bea strong point of a vibrant democracy. However, the freedom of political actionhas been misused by political parties with extreme vision, who exist solelybecause the bigger parties with a national agenda have not been able to taketheir ideas to the People in a manner that convinces them of the responsibilityof the party ideals. This lack of communications leave a vacuum that is quicklyfilled with a regional party with a narrow agenda based on self survival andshort term options. While the functionality of a regional political party isdebatable; the success of such organizations and indeed their growingpopularity is a grim reminder of the failure of the national parties to consolidateon their stature and their status as national leaders.One of the prime reasons of the failure of the national parties across the allareas of the nation is the nexus of criminal elements of the bureaucracyworking jointly with the criminal elements of the local parties for partisanmonetary gain, at the cost of the exchequer. The cost of the damage that such a
government has cost to the specific state and also to the country in financialterms is still being calculated. But, much larger and long term is the cost interms of credibility and stature that is now associated with the nation as awhole. Such criminal enterprises flourish, specifically because the law of theland is weak in application, as also for the fact that the centralization of thebureaucratic hierarchy prohibits scrutiny from the people of the activities of thegovernment functionaries. One way to reduce this corruption and criminalnexus would be to decentralize the functioning of the bureaucracy all the waydown to the Panchayat levels. Decentralization would also have to include thesegregation of the central bureaucracy from the state and local governmentbureaucracy, making each an independent autonomy not dependent on theState or Central government for local issues.International Image:In all international circles the image of India is that of a weak, corrupt andbackward nation without a strong leadership. Regardless of who was in power,over the last 20 years our nation has reinforced its image as that of a ‘looseconfederation of warring tribes’ rather than of a Unified and strong singlecountry. This image of being a weak nation has invited terrorism and violenceon an unprecedented scale since 1947.The only way that India can change its image internationally is by changingitself internally. For that India needs to: a) Develop strong leadership at all levels to include 2nd generation leadership.
b) Upgrade its armed forces to 110% of the current armed strength off its closest rival China. c) Refuse any and all technical and financial aid from foreign countries. d) Allow local industries to develop technology for all requirements of the Nation, including that of its armed forces. e) Stop purchasing second and third hand technology from the West.Today’s reality is that India is a beggar nation. Our Prime Minister begs fortechnology and the Finance Minister for money. Corruption has become a wayof life rather than an exception. This needs to change if India has to progress.As conflicts around the Asian sub-continent and Africa gathers intensity, Indiacan play a dominant role is providing aid to the average people in these conflictareas by supplying them with essential food, medications, hospital equipmentand clean drinking water. All these items are readily available in India and canbe easily transported to the conflict areas. India can improve its image if itprojects its power beyond its neighboring boundaries. A strong military mightthat backs up a stronger humanitarian force will make all Indians proud oftheir heritage, culture and the nation.De-centralization of the government organizations.India is a political and social mess as a direct result of centralization of thegovernment. Small minded people in Delhi who have never lived in the outerareas of the country decide on a uniform policy for a nation that has inside itsboundaries a variety of cultures and languages. The central government’s rolehas to be restricted to that of making the policy and then monitoring its
deployment downwards to each district, town & village inside India.The real execution of the Government policy is best carried out by State andlocal governments who understand the cultural and social requirements of thepeople. The district governments and village Panchayats can play a positiverole in development if correctly guided by the Central & State Governments.Development has to be ensured by using the old 5- Years Plan methods. Thisworked well in the 1960’s and 70’s. It can work again. By law it must beinsured and ensured that political parties or new Governments cannot change a5 year plan and all citizens must be required by law to follow the guide lines ofthe 5- years plan(s) to assure the nation that progress will be achieved per theset goals. Those who oppose the plans or attempt to modify it should face harshpunishment.It is the Duty of every Government to listen to the needs of its people and toformulate policies that helps the people lead a safe and comfortable life in allstrata of society and across all cultural boundaries.Immigration and illegal migrations:India is facing a gigantic law and order problem that is largely contributed forby the illegal migrations from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and theAfrican nations. Illegal migrants from Bangladesh are the biggest problem.Narcotics trafficking, kidnapping, rapes, murder and attacks against the Indiannation can be directly attributed to the nationals of the above countries.
The Indian government does not have a policy to address the issue of thisillegal immigration. Further; the problem is made worse by illegal migrantsbeing used as cheap labor by Indians in their houses and factories. Unless thegovernment enacts laws that prosecute Indians who employ illegal migrants;the nation of India will always be at risk of over population, disease and crime.How can this problem be resolved?a) By introducing Bio-metric citizens ID cards for all Indian nationals over the age of 11. This has to be mandatory.b) Illegal migrants to be punished by strict laws that enforce them to work in hard labor camps.c) Indian nationals who employ illegal labor to be punished with punitive fines.d) Politicians & bureaucrats who help politicians into registering these illegal migrants into vote banks should face capital punishment for subverting the integrity of our Nation.e) Re-introduce the death penalty for Treason. All actions; by Indian nationals that subvert the integrity and unity of the Nation of India to be punished. Such nationals convicted of treason to be hanged in public.Defense PolicyThe armed forces are severely under equipped and are short off able bodiedofficers and troops per the real requirements. Most forward deployed regimentsdo not have the required supplies and equipment on time or in requiredquantities. The ThalSena is working today mostly on the courage off its troopsand little else. VayuSena and NavSena are no better. In the VayuSena, 60% of
the equipment is out dated or under repairs. 80% of the submarines of theNavSena are un- serviceable and the single aircraft carrier is undergoing repairsmost off the time. The responsibility of this whole situation lies only and onlywith the Prime Minister and his cabinet. In case of an all- out war, the chancesof India getting severely beaten and defeated are more than 70%. That is thereality, whether we Indians believe it or not.How can this be resolved? o Arms & equipment manufacturing has to be opened to the private sector industry of India. The politicians and bureaucrats must realize and accept that Indian citizens are as loyal and in most cases ‘more’ loyal than the people in power. DRDO should be pulled out of manufacturing and should be restricted only to inspections and quality control off purchased equipment. o The government will permit and allow private sector to produce all the requirements of the armed forces; including fighter aircraft and helicopters, nuclear powered air – craft carriers and submarines, battle tanks, and other heavy equipment. o Light and non – lethal equipment (uniforms, battle kits, special purpose shoes, other ancillary equipment will be permitted for manufacture by small to medium industries). o The Government must plan to have at least ‘seven (7) Carrier Groups’ for the NavSena, along with support craft. This is necessary for not only a fully functional blue water navy, but also for the projection of power, globally. o VayuSena will have equipment and personnel that is 110% of the strength of our nearest economic rival, China; as projected till 2015. o ThalSena will be upgraded to triple the current strength. Specific
regiments will be trained and equipped for foreign deployment in events of non – state sponsored acts of war against our country. These special regiments will have multi–lingual speaking officers and personnel, an up–to–date intelligence services backbone, modern field equipment for communications and navigation and constant & consistent training for any foreseen scenario in any part of the world. o Tat- Rakshak will be upgraded to double its current strength to allow the NavSena flexibility to be globally deployed.Foreign Policy:The current foreign policy can be defined in one single word:– “non–existent”.The foreign affairs ministry seems both confused and without motivation todeal with any situations that are arising daily; most of them in relation toPakistan. It is known by the whole world that Pakistan is the biggest exporterof terrorist in the world as off today. There is full evidence of Pakistan basedtraining camps on both its borders, their North eastern border has trainingcamps for Taliban for the fighting against NATO forces in Afghanistan and theSouth western border training camps for the fight against India. The existentof these camps is both well proven and undeniable. The response of the foreignaffairs bureaucracy to these events is lacking in courage and vision. Theircurrent response appears both childish and cowardly.What needs to be done?It must be impressed upon the United Nations to have Pakistan declared as a“Terrorist State”. This is nothing new at the U.N. Previously the U.N. has
declared other states such as North Korea, Iran and Iraq (under the Saddamadministration) as terrorist states. The U.N. approved the blockade of Iraqfrom 1991 till 2003. In a similar fashion, our foreign ministry must pressure theU.N. to approve the total blockade of Pakistan till it closes down all terrortraining camps and hands over all the wanted terrorists to the InternationalCourt in The Hague.International policy is a matter of perception. A nation that is perceived asstrong and capable of bold action is respected; a nation that is perceived asweak and corrupt is ignored.HUM LOG. (We the People)In essence, the country needs a change in its leadership, its bureaucracy and itspolity. All this can be achieved only with the complete and constantparticipation of the People. The people have to reject the old and weak leadersthat are dominating the political scenario and push ahead young and vibrantleaders to lead our country. Get rid of these old men who claim that they cancarry the weight of the nation and are incapable of carrying the weight of theirown bodies without assistance.What can each citizen do to ensure a Young, Strongand Vibrant Leadership? Every person has to ensure that they have a Voter ID card that is valid for the next election. Each person has to further ensure that their name actually exists on the Voter lists for their constituency. This has to be done at least two weeks in advance of the election.
If the names of voters do not exist on the voter lists, an immediate appeal should be made in the nearest Court of Law to force the election commission employees to rectify the situation. Voting is a Right that cannot be denied to any citizen by any government. Each person MUST VOTE on the day of voting. This is the one day that the citizens have the power to change everything in the nation. DO NOT MISS THIS CHANCE.Vote for the best candidate. Say “NO” to the old men.BE BOLD, BE COURAGEOUS, BE HINDUSTANIThanks for taking the time to read this article. Please pass it on to as manyother young people as you can. The future belongs to the Young and Bold. Berestless in your ambitions and dreams, and never compromise. Remember thatthe politicians will never gift you, your rights as citizens. You have toconstantly agitate to ensure that the Government listens to your voice and actson your demands! Demand and Ensure – that should be the duty of everynational.JAI HIND, VIJAYI BHUVA!